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5 Fast Facts About the 2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe

2/24/2013
For the 2013 model year, Hyundai has expanded its Elantra lineup to include new 2-door coupe and 5-door hatchback variants in addition to the existing sedan. All three models showcase the automaker's "Fluidic Sculpture" design elements, and the Elantra Coupe is larger and more powerful than its primary competitor, the Honda Civic Coupe. Buyers considering a new Elantra Coupe might find these 5 fast facts about the car worth knowing before visiting a dealership.

1.) Designed in California, the 2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe is an aerodynamic vehicle equipped with a 0.28 coefficient of drag. According to Hyundai, the Elantra Coupe's "Fluidic Sculpture" design approach "replicates the interaction of wind with rigid surfaces to create a perception of fluid in motion," and the Elantra Coupe offers three unique exterior colors that are unavailable for the Elantra Sedan: Monaco White, Volcanic Red, and Black Noir Pearl.

2.) Hyundai offers the Elantra Coupe in GS and SE trim levels, each equipped with front styling and wheel designs that are different from the Elantra Sedan. Prices range from $18,390 for the Elantra GS Coupe with no options to $25,230 for the Elantra SE Coupe with every option. A loaded Elantra SE Coupe includes Bluetooth with music streaming capability, dual-zone automatic climate control with an air ionizer, a keyless entry system with push-button ignition, leather seats that are heated in front, a touchscreen navigation system with a reversing camera, and a power sunroof.

3.) The only engine offered for the 2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe is a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine rated to deliver 148 horsepower. The engine meets Partial Zero Emission Vehicle (PZEV) regulations in California, New England, and a few other states, but loses three horsepower in the process. A 6-speed manual gearbox delivers the power to the front wheels, and Hyundai offers a 6-speed automatic transmission as an option. Fuel economy ratings are 28 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway with the manual gearbox, while the optional automatic returns 27 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway. Standard warranty protection for the powertrain lasts for 10 years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first. The rest of the Elantra Coupe is covered by a limited warranty for 5 years or 60,000 miles, and that coverage includes 24-hour roadside assistance.

4.) With 95.4 cu. ft. of interior passenger space, the new 2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe is rated a midsize car by the EPA. Heated front seats and roof pillar trim made of "fibrous tissue and volcanic rock" are standard for this model, and Hyundai installs front seats with more aggressive side bolsters than the ones found inside the Elantra Sedan. The Elantra Coupe is also equipped with a 14.8 cu. ft trunk, more than its primary competitor, the compact Honda Civic.
 
5.) Hyundai equips the 2013 Elantra Coupe with 6 air bags, traction control, stability control, 4-wheel-disc antilock brakes with brake assist, and a Blue Link smartphone pairing and telematics system. Blue Link services are standard for a limited time, providing voice text messaging capability and access to several safety and emergency assistance features. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the 2013 Elantra is a "Top Safety Pick." The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) had not performed crash tests on the 2013 Elantra Coupe as this article was written.